A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes
St. Martin's Press
On Sale: September 4, 2007
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Fugu. Dog. Cobra. Bees. Spleen. A 600,000 SCU
All considered foods by millions of
people around the world. And all objects of great
fascination to Tom Parker Bowles, a food journalist who grew
up eating his mother’s considerably safer roast chicken,
shepherd’s pie and mushy peas. Intrigued by the food phobias
of two friends, Parker Bowles became inspired to examine the
cultural divides that make some foods verboten or
“dangerous” in the culture he grew up with while being seen
as lip-smacking delicacies in others. So began a year-long
odyssey through Asia, Europe and America in search of the
world’s most thrilling, terrifying and odd foods.
Parker Bowles is always witty and sometimes downright
hilarious in recounting his quest for envelope-pushing
meals, ranging from the potentially lethal to the outright
disgusting to the merely gluttonous—and he proves in this
book that an open mouth and an open mind are the only
passports a man needs to truly discover the world .
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